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Thank You SPU Front Line Staff

Now more than ever, it’s important to say “thank you” to those on the front lines as we navigate this public health crisis. Our healthcare professionals, our grocery store staff, our local restaurants & delivery services, package & letter carriers, the list goes on and on. This also includes our essential staff at Seattle Public Utilities.

SPU Front Line staff are a vital component to keeping our city running and ensuring access for our residents to clean, safe drinking water, reliable solid waste pickup, as well as dependable drainage and wastewater treatment. Without their essential work, the rest of the SPU team, the city & our customers would be at a tremendous loss.

In an effort to show their appreciation for their coworkers on the front lines, teleworking SPU employees began creating signs of encouragement that were then posted in their windows, by their garbage, recycling, food & yard waste carts, and shared with each other over email and on social media.

To all who have already shared their messages of appreciation and gratitude, please know this is a powerful gesture and for our staff in the field, it means a lot, especially during these unprecedented times.

If you’d like to share your own message with our front line heroes, here are a few things you can do:

  • Post a sign in your window or by your garbage, recycling, and food & yard waste carts for SPU staff to see. We have some sample signs below if you’re not the creative type and don’t want to make your own.
  • Share a message of thanks (or your sign) on social media using #ThankYouSPUFrontLine. We’ll be sharing these with our staff directly as they are posted.
  • Update your Facebook profile image to show your support with our SPU Facebook Frame.
  • Continue to make their vital work as safe & effective as possible by ensuring garbage & recycling are properly put out and by not flushing wipes and other materials that will later need to be unclogged by our staff.
  • If you know an SPU Front Line staff member, tell them “thank you”. A kind word from a friend, neighbor, coworker, or stranger can go a long way. Just make sure it’s happening 6 feet apart or more!

Stay safe out there, and thank you to our Front Line staff for all that you do. We appreciate all that you do for us.

Downloadable Sign to Say “Thanks!”
Downloadable Sign to Say “Thanks!”